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Hard News: A few (more) words on The Hobbit

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  • DeepRed,

    The future of organised labour? (HT Bernard Hickey, scroll to #3 on page)

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4058 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to DeepRed,

    The future of organised labour? (HT Bernard Hickey, scroll to #3 on page)

    Very interesting, and quite applicable to the Equity dispute.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18509 posts Report Reply

  • Dylan Reeve, in reply to Ross Mason,

    It NOW relates to video games. Which was way out of line IMHO.

    It seems that video game only applies to video recordings for games though? Not programmers, artists etc.

    So I imagine it would cover cut scenes in games, and maybe performance capture?

    But not Television…….interesting….

    Yeah, I don't understand why it doesn't apply to TV.

    Personally I think the law should have been amended to tighten the loophole for all contractors. For any contractor to be able to claim, after the fact, the benefits of being an employee while having already had all (or some) of the benefits of being a contractor seems dubious. Although the Bryson case really was poor HR by Weta.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2008 • 198 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    It seems that video game only applies to video recordings for games though? Not programmers, artists etc.

    So I imagine it would cover cut scenes in games, and maybe performance capture?

    My recollection from doing storyboarding and design for games in Australia nearly 15 years ago is that actors were the only ones with union cover. Motion capture was what they were engaged for, and the impression I got was that they were paid the legal minimum, and didn't consider it the kind of experience that would appear on their CVs.

    While it's an awfully long time ago that I discussed these issues with an Australian union person, their position was that contract work was seen as essentially "piecework", which in their view was simply illegal.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3325 posts Report Reply

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